Average Adventure: Baltimore, Maryland

As you may or may not know, I go to school in Maryland (the land of me), and although I don’t go to school in Baltimore, I’m really not very far from there, so on Monday there was a free bus trip and I was not about to pass that up. I did end up going alone but I think in a way that was almost a good thing. Honestly doing things alone doesn’t really bother me, this way I can do all the things that I want to do and I don’t have to worry about what other people want. It’s all about me and I’m selfish so I like things that way better than traveling with other people, at least I don’t deny it.

So yeah, I went to Baltimore but I guess I should point out that I really stayed in Inner Harbor. I didn’t go to the aquarium or anything big like that. I did do some shopping and I think I have some plans for that at a later date. I’m not sharing because I always say something that I’m going to do and then I never do it so that’s not going to happen this time because I’m not going to say it.

I hope you have a great day!

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PS- Take note how early I’m posting. I’m proud it’s before ten, everyone be proud.

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Megabus Review

As you probably already know I recently took the Megabus to Boston. I thought I could do a quick review for you guys. I went from Baltimore to Boston and back. On the way there I left at 8:30pm and we arrived 20 minutes early at 4:50am, on the way back I left at 9:30am and arrived back on time at 6:30pm.

First of all, the good about the Megabus. I reserved my ticket in January for only $2.50 round trip, if I would’ve tried to order them the next day it would’ve been $38 each way. That was a really good price and definitely within my budget, especially if something came up that weekend I would’ve been fine to cancel. The bus also has wifi, that works I would say the majority of the time, however, on the way back it was harder to use. The bus drivers for the most part are really helpful and friendly. I did not use the bathroom, but I would say the bus seemed clean to me. There wasn’t trash or crumbs really anywhere which was pretty impressive. At night they only turned the lights on when they stopped, so it did make it a little easier to sleep. It also has at least on outlet per two seats so you can charge stuff too which was really helpful.

Okay so now the not so good. On the way there, as you may know, someone took my plug and wouldn’t get off the phone, luckily they got off the bus in Philadelphia and I didn’t have to deal with them anymore.  The bus driver on the way back was very rude. He even made us climb into the luggage compartment with only one door open to try and find our bags, while yelling at us “WATCH THE BAGS!” he even took up two seats for his laptop and coat. It was also hard to sleep on the way there. Every time we stopped the lights turned on and it would wake me up. When we stopped in Connecticut it was for a half an hour, okay that’s fine, but they left the doors open the whole time and it was freezing. I had finally fallen asleep and the lights didn’t wake me up, but I did wake up to the freezing air and the smell of smoke, since someone decided to step outside and smoke, but they faced the open door. I don’t know if it was bad roads or bad driving, half the time I felt like I was just being bounced around and it was not very pleasant.  I was lucky enough to be sat alone most of the time, but when someone did sit next to me it just felt like they were on top of me and that was uncomfortable. The bus stop in Baltimore was also very hard to find, we even called the company and they just kept saying “opposite of Red Lobster” THERE ARE FOUR DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS FROM RED LOBSTER! They need better signage for their stops because it really stressed me out.

In the end, if I was paying the $2.50 I would do it again, but if I missed that deal there’s no way I would pay full price to ride it. It might have it’s benefits but at that point you might as well go on a plane and pay another $40. If you have any questions I can try my best to answer them! Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

Mary.

Post from the Road

As I’m writing this post I’m currently in a parking lot on a bust that should be enroute to Boston. I have already realized that I did not pick a good seat. Right now there is no one sitting next to me but I think someone might end up there. The lady in front of me has already stolen my outlet and I might have to ask her to move her bags to use hers because she’s not the only one on this bus double decker bus. I swear if she puts her arm back here one more time I may or may not lose it.  She has already answered her phone two three four times, they weren’t going to let her on for some reason, I wish they didn’t.  Once I return I will do a formal review of my bus experience.

I thought since I’m writing this whilst traveling, I would share with you why I believe I started traveling in the first place.

When I was about three my dad’s side of the family went to Disney World, at the time the only kids were my cousin Chris and I. There are only a few very specific things, having a candy lipstick on the plane, crying when they sang happy birthday to me because it wasn’t my birthday it was my cousin’s they just didn’t want me to feel left out, and going to some Medieval dinner thing. That’s the first vacation I really remember.

As I got older, and my sisters starting coming along we used to go to my Grandmom’s beach house for the week (I think). My first really big vacation that I remember was going to Bush Gardens, it was really cool and we’ve actually been back since. All of these vacations were great, but I think the only that really did it for me was a road trip right before the fifth grade. We went up to Niagara Falls, which at the time didn’t impress me very much, but since returning I really like it. From there we went to Cleveland, Ohio namely Cedar Point Amusement Park, I know we were somewhere in Kentucky for a night, we went to Graceland, visited our friends in Tennessee, and went to Washington D.C. We were probably a few other places too but that was nearly ten years ago and I’m having trouble remembering. I think it was that road trip that really led me to my appreciation of travel.

The push and start of wanting to travel for the rest of my life started when I went to Europe the summer before my senior year. I had always been really interested in travelling but I never thought that’s something I would consider when trying to find a major. It was there I really discovered my love for the world and other cultures. That’s where I found my love for exploring cities, finding little things that people would overlook. I had become enlightened and fascinated with the world around me.

Now, a year and a half later nothing has changed. I want to see as much as I can. Junior year I’m going to study abroad and explore some more nooks and crannies of the world. Post-graduation I want to maybe go and do something like the Peace Corps. to try and change the world a little bit. The more I think about how big the world is, the more I want to see it. It makes me think that you really can’t waste anytime, every second is a moment that counts. Maybe by the time I’m aging the average life expectancy will be higher and it’ll give me more time, but I’m still going to explore as much as I can while I’m young. I’m going to try and take every opprotunity I’m given (if I  have the financial support, I need a job next year) and make the best of each one.

So hopefully this lady hangs up her phone, I can watch some YouTube videos, and get some sleep. I might not be able to post tomorrow, but here’s the warning! Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

Mary.